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19 May 2022

WATCH: Schoolchildren perform famous Derry rock anthem

The pupils packed Ebrington Square for the outdoor performance.

Hundreds of Derry school pupils have packed Ebrington Square to perform a rendition of the famous rock anthem 'Teenage Kicks' by local band The Undertones.

The performance is one of a number recorded in the run up to the Walled City Passion event which will take place next month in the city.

A dynamic reimagining of the story of the Passion –– exploring how a violent incident threatens to throw the world into turmoil –– will be the highlight of a new three-day festival in Derry-Londonderry this Easter.

Walled City Passion is a live, interactive and free performance that reimagines the Easter story for a modern, tech-savvy audience.

It is set against the city’s historic walls, and twice-daily performances will be broadcast onto a huge screen in Guildhall Square, as well as live streamed.

The public are invited to take part in promenade performances around the Walls or to watch the action from ticketed grandstand seating in Guildhall Square.

The Square will be a hub of live music and free family entertainment during the three days of the Festival –– Thurs, Friday and Saturday, April 14-16.

Walled City Passion is written by renowned Londonderry playwright, Jonathan Burgess. It will be live directed by double-IFTA award winner, Paul McKay, who says this “groundbreaking, multimedia, live performance show has to be seen to be believed.”

He says RTÉ and BBC coverage of Walled City Passion provides an amazing opportunity to showcase and promote the city to a national and international audience.

Archdeacon Robert Miller, who had the idea for the project while celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination, says he wanted to give something back to his home city. 

“Easter is a time of hope and celebration,” Robert says.

“This cross-community festival will be a major economic driver for the city and region and is a way of supporting our local arts sector who’ve struggled through two years of the pandemic.”

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